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You has a simple recipe for success – spoil your readers and give them exactly what they want. It’s part of everyday life for more than 2 million English-speaking South Africans, filled with excellent articles which interest, inform and touch readers. There are human dramas, medical and scientific discoveries, general interest news, consumer issues, fashion and glamour. And don’t forget the interesting fiction, sport, motoring news, craftwork, recipes, home and school projects, crosswords and exciting competitions. It’s an irresistible combination, and everything is presented in a well-finished, colourful magazine.

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52 Issues


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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Charlene Rolls DEPUTY EDITOR Nicola Whitfield ASSISTANT EDITORS Wendy Stelzmann, Jane Vorster, Sandy Cook NEWS EDITORS Almari Wessels (Cape Town), Hilda van Dyk (Gauteng) PRODUCTION EDITOR Alfie Steyn ART DIRECTOR André Smith CONTENT PRODUCERS Kim Abrahams, Nici de Wet, Robyn Lucas, Lesego Maja, Nombulelo Manyana, Gabisile Ngcobo, Shanaaz Prince CELEBRITY EDITOR Lindsay de Freitas COPY EDITORS Lynn Ely (chief), Liz de Villiers, Illana Frantz, Thando Ndabezitha, Chez Pool, Sandra Visser SENIOR PICTURE RESEARCHER Kelley-Ann De Beer LIFESTYLE Petro-Anne Vlok (editor), Vanessa Holies (office manager) FOOD Carmen Niehaus (editor), Esther Malan (asst editor), Carmen Petersen FASHION Wagheeba January (editor) BEAUTY Nthabiseng Makhokha (editor) FICTION Lynn Ely, stories@you.co.za EDUCATION Sandra Visser COPY COORDINATOR Maxine Peters PRODUCTION MANAGER Jacques du Plooy LAYOUT & DESIGN Adele Brinkhuis, Shanice Daniels, Tertia du Plessis, Kelly Grande, Azeemud-Deen Jacobs, Nicole Jones, Neil Krynauw, Melanie Smook INFOGRAPHICS Michael De Lucchi REPRODUCTION Kurt Ohlson, Jéan Koegelenberg, Rodney…

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THE issue of burnout is something that’s been popping up more and more. Possibly because it’s on the rise – or perhaps because people are just speaking about it more openly. Now the World Health Organisation has officially recognised workplace stress for the serious issue it is and it’s clear that the consequences of not dealing with it can be catastrophic. In our story on page 8 we look at a few of the typical causes that can lead to burnout and what you can do to reverse it. Some of it seems like plain common sense (sleep, exercise, diet) yet these are the very things we stop doing when we get caught in the vicious trap. What I found interesting is how often burnout and depression are confused and how this misdiagnosis…

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don’t give up

SOMETIMES we do things that put us in a corner and we ask ourselves how we got there. When we face obstacles and challenges, we start to feel like giving up but my message is: know whatever it is you’re dreaming of. All you can do is persevere. When I was at college I was elected SRC president, and every student asked me how I got elected because I’m such a shy person. I told them I had no fear when it comes to opportunities and my shyness isn’t an obstacle. I told them that to be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else does. Today wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, tell yourself, “I’m not going to give up on my dreams.” Stay positive.…

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EVEREST’S HORDES I’ve just read your article about crowding on Mount Everest (YOU, 13 June). I’m shattered at the number of people making their way to the summit like ants. If I went all that way I’d want to enjoy the peace, quiet and solitude of the mountain and not have the experience of people standing on top of one another. PEGGY BIRRELL, EMAIL I’VE FORGIVEN AND MOVED ON I’m 74 and was also abused by family friends and neighbours as a young girl (YOU Say, 6 June). I never told my mom about it. She passed away without knowing why I was so miserable and shy. I’ve forgiven those who did this to me and life goes on. What good is it to bring these things up now? Forgive and let go. Go on with…

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mothers’ cries for help

I’m a 46-year-old mom of a nine-year-old boy and I’ve just been diagnosed with advanced heart failure. They say I have five years to live at most. “What now?” I ask myself. Well, I try to do what I’ve always done: keep a roof over my son’s head and keep food in his belly. People say, “Keep going. Don’t stress or get angry.” Why? “Your heart can’t cope,” they say. I’m a single mother receiving no support from the deadbeat abuser I divorced, struggling to survive from day to day. You’ll see me smiling and laughing but inside I’m panicked. Where and with whom will I leave my son? He stopped eating when I was in hospital. He has no family he can safely stay with due to the abuse he’s suffered from family…

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in brief

The letter from Wendy in Midrand (YOU Say, 6 June) regarding supermarket packers made me sick. This isn’t Europe or elsewhere. We aren’t spoilt. You want us to pack our own groceries? Great! Will you give the thousands of packers a job? BECKY, JOHANNESBURG As I’m a crossword addict and an avid word puzzler I’ve entered your competitions for many years. Thank you, it was a pleasant surprise to receive the YOU Crossword Dictionary (at last) which now helps me solve your crosswords. RUTH KAY, EMAIL Well said on the captive hyenas, Tess Tjasink (YOU Say, 13 June). I agree 100%. I think taking these animals out of their natural habitat is shocking. BARBARA, FOURWAYS It’s really heartbreaking that among humans we still have irresponsible parents. They leaves their kids locked in houses or shacks to…